Twitter introduces new 'safeguards' after briefly deleting Trump's account

Twitter introduces new 'safeguards' after briefly deleting Trump's account

Later however, the company revised its assessment, saying that the deed was done "by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee's last day". However we learned that President Trumps "go to" Forum, aka "Twitter", was restored around 7:03 pm.

On Friday, the company was at pains to point out that it had "implemented safeguards to prevent this from happening again".

But given Mr Trump's prominence, and his ability for trying to direct U.S. policy in 140 character, the episode prompted a swirl of questions about what safeguards the site uses to prevent its employees from arbitrarily taking down accounts. Adding - perhaps in an attempt to try and head-off questions over the situation - that the platform takes the actions of the employee "seriously" despite not being able to share details of security updates and internal investigations. Users can also deactivate their own accounts.

"My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee", Trump tweeted early Friday.

While the momentary outage led to a moment of frenzy and - for some - jubilation over Trump's absence on Twitter, there are serious questions being asked about what a bigger hack could do. And while Trump supporters used the opportunity to highlight security issues, many Twitter users praised the employee's last act, some calling the person a hero or a national treasure, others inviting the person over for Thanksgiving dinner. But if a scenario like the one Fineman put forth comes to pass, the time Twitter spends trying to work out whether Trump is on a rampage or someone has hacked in to his account for a joke could be catastrophic. That employee has not been named and it's not clear what kind of access he or she had to the president's account. "I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact".

"What it showed was that the president's Twitter account could be manipulated by somebody other than the president of the United States", Glees said.

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Twitter has mistakenly frozen accounts in the past. "Among the considerations is "newsworthiness" and whether a tweet is of public interest".

The site reserves the power to suspend or permanently shut down accounts.

Twitter has said it won't ban Trump, even though his critics say he has violated the social media site's rules against harassment, intimidation and attacking people based on categories such as race, ethnicity and gender.

Free speech advocates have said that it's better to keep Trump on the platform, and it should not be up to private companies to decide whether the president has a voice there.

Others on Twitter have called Trump's fiery rhetoric against North Korea a violation of the social network's terms of service, which prohibit threats of violence.

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